Last night we had our first experience of Stiltskin Children’s Theatre at The Soapbox Theatre in Devonport Park, Plymouth. We took the Webblings along to the final night of The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse.
From the outside the theatre doesn’t look like much (YET! they have big plans for the future!) but once you go inside it is like being in another place completely. They have made the space so warm, friendly and welcoming, it is hard not to fall in love with the atmosphere of the show.
As we went in we were welcomed with colouring and reading for the Webblings so they never felt like they were waiting around for the show to begin, there was no fuss about being bored, they particularly loved the igloo full of books. We purchased cups of tea which were good prices and allowed us adults to sit and relax before being called into the theatre area.
When we were called in to take our seats it was magical, a real roaring fire was crackling and the room was lit with beautiful lights. The Webblings loved that they were allowed to sit on cushions on the floor at the front and didn’t have to stick with mum and dad. There was no waiting around, the show began and so did the laughter.
I had expected the Webblings to enjoy the show, I thought that us ‘adults’ would enjoy seeing the Webblings happy but I have to admit, I didn’t watch them watching the show because my husband and I were just as enthralled by the performance as the Webblings were. We laughed so much, participated in dancing, laying the table and clapping along with all the adults who had bought children along. The show was amazing, the props were fantastic (I LOVED THE JELLY!) and having seen a lot of much bigger shows I can genuinely say that this is one of the very best shows that we have ever seen. Just the right amount of audience participation to be fun without being intimidating, amazing use of the space and a brilliant atmosphere throughout the entire show.
During the short interval we even got another cup of tea, how decadent, roaring fire and a cup of tea whilst watching a show, my kind of heaven!
After the performance the Webblings were delighted that they got to go up on the stage and have a closer look, they got to meet the amazingly talented Jacquelin (Town Mouse) and Iain (Country Mouse) who continued to make them giggle and taught them how to be mice too.
I literally cannot find any negative to the whole experience and if you get the chance to visit The Soapbox Theatre I really hope you do because from start to finish it was an experience I believe our Webblings and everyone who has seen the show will cherish.
Thank you Stiltskin for an amazing evening in the town and the country.
“I don’t have a favorite bit, it was all so good. I liked Pigeon, she was funny!” Lilly Webbling, Age 9.
“I liked the cat when he chased the mouse, he was trying to eat the mouse’s tail but he couldn’t catch him.” Harry Webbling, Age 5 1/2.
“The show had parents and children laughing all the way through, I enjoyed hearing my children laughing so much.” Mr Webb, Age 28.